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Toshiba's Portégé Z830 Ultrabook Series in November

Thursday Toshiba revealed its first line of Ultrabooks for 2011 – the sub-2.5-lbs Portégé Z830 series – slated for a November 11 release. The news is one of many in a wave of reports pointing to Ultrabook products flooding the PC sector in October and November. Asus alone plans to unleash five to six Ultrabook models before the end of the year.

According to Toshiba, the Portégé Z830 Series will feature a 0.63-inch profile, Intel's 2nd-generation Core processors and DDR3 memory. The new series will also rely on Toshiba’s new exclusive Hi-Speed Start Technology which will likely rely on the installed 128 GB SSD for a super-fast startup and an extremely responsive experience overall.

"The Portégé Z830 Series sets a new standard for thin and light systems, not just in portability, but also in affordability for such cutting-edge designs," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Toshiba’s engineering achievements and expert craftsmanship have resulted in a brilliant and fully thought-through innovation that exceeds expectations, perfect for both mobile business professionals and consumers."

The company has yet to release an official list of specs, but on Thursday Toshiba said that its new Ultrabook series will feature a full-sized LED-backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, Toshiba’s USB Sleep & Charge technology for charging up smartphones even when the Ultrabooks are powered down, and stereo speakers with enhanced audio technology from Waves Audio. The Ultrabooks will also have a light-yet-durable magnesium alloy casing reinforced with an enhanced "Honeycomb Rib" design.

Additional reports claim that the series will include a 13.3-inch screen (1366 x 768), an optional Core i7 CPU, up to 6 GB of RAM, an eight-cell 47Wh battery and a 1.3MP webcam mounted in the lid. There will also be one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot, HDMI and VGA outputs, an Ethernet port and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The systems will also feature Toshiba’s EasyGuard Technology which is designed to "address the security, reliability and durability issues mobile users encounter."

Toshiba's new Portégé Z830 series of Ultrabooks will start at under $1,000 USD this November. Stay tuned for additional details about the various models and their price points.

  • cats_Paw
    Yeah yeah, when gaming ultrabooks? I dont get this 2 much. we got already netbooks, ultrabook is basicly a slightly bigger version of a netbook with more power yet the same space.
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  • outlw6669
    You missed the most important part.
    Toshiba will be equiping this ultrabook with a Matte screen!
    Hopefully other vendors will take note and follow suit...
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  • AnUnusedUsername
    outlw6669You missed the most important part.Toshiba will be equiping this ultrabook with a Matte screen!Hopefully other vendors will take note and follow suit...
    Not everyone likes matte screens. I'd take a glossy screen over a matte one any day. More options don't hurt, but I'd hate it if we no longer even get the option for a glossy screen.
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  • AnUnusedUsernameNot everyone likes matte screens. I'd take a glossy screen over a matte one any day. More options don't hurt, but I'd hate it if we no longer even get the option for a glossy screen. Being an ultraportable made to be carried out into the sun, matte>>>>>>>>glossy.
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  • ojas
    outlw6669You missed the most important part.Toshiba will be equiping this ultrabook with a Matte screen!Hopefully other vendors will take note and follow suit...
    Samsung already has that on its series 9 laptops...
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  • @AnUnusedUsername

    having used both i have to say glossy are gorgeous to look at in good lighting conditions but take them into outside or even a brightly lit room and it's game over

    i guess it all depends upon how mobile you really want to be, but traditionally the portege was designed for road warriors, so i guess makes sense why they choose matte
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  • back_by_demand
    This should be used in the stupid Apple patent case, trying to patent the Ultrabook format, seeing as the Portege range has been around long before the MacBook Air.
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  • NOnja
    tgreaderBeing an ultraportable made to be carried out into the sun, matte>>>>>>>>glossy.I think the point is that consumers want choices. Heck, even the MBP offers a matte screen option.
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  • NOnja
    nonjaI think the point is that consumers want choices. Heck, even the MBP offers a matte screen option.I just noticed that the MBA (which I should have compared to) doesn't allow for screen customization... Anyway, I think there should be the option for a matte or glossy screen.
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  • eddieroolz
    It does look nice, but if I had to nitpick - the design is not exactly up to my taste. I can live with that, if it means I can have a matte screen however.
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